Hibiscus tea is a drink made from dried Hibiscus flowers and has been consumed for thousands of years. It is a tart, sour, bright red, caffeined free herbal tea. Hibiscus tea has a wonderful aroma and a mildly sweet flavor. The method of preparation is varied in different countries. It can be drunk either hot or cold. Hibiscus tea is popular in cocktails in the Caribbean.
Hibiscus tea has many health benefits. Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, this tea also contains beta-caroten, making it an antioxidant-it replaces electrolytes and can ease symptoms of colds, flu, coughs and strengthen the immune system. Antioxidants are important in the fighting free radicals and prevention of certain cancers.
Hibiscus tea is beneficial for lowering cholesterol, increasing appetite, has laxtive and diuretic effects. Traditionally it has been used to stimulate intestinal peristalsis, support cardiovascular health and prevent bladder infections and constipation if taken regularly. It treats heart diseases and liver problems. Hibiscus tea is used to remedy heavy or painful menstruation, muscle cramps and spasms.
Hibiscus tea is also used to promote weight loss. It has a certain property that allows it to slow or hinder the production of an anzyme called amylase. This enzyme will breakdown the starches, sugars and carbohydrates and prevent a person from gaining excess weight.
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